Cellar news from Mellasat Vineyards

Cellar news from Mellasat Vineyards
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Catch up with the latest news from Mellasat Vineyards in Paarl.

We had a very successful Run the Vines and everyone taking part enjoyed the beautiful trail that the organizer planned. It was a perfect day that started cool and fresh but warmed up sufficiently so that participants could enjoy Mellasat's hospitality and great wines.

It was great having people at the farm again and seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.

Cellar news

The harvest is going well, although the yields are lower than last year. The quality is good and, although it is another start/stop harvest, it gives the winemaking team enough time to focus on making great wines and great wine takes time…….

Our Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc have completed fermentation, the Viognier and Shiraz Rosé is slowly fermenting, and the Pinotage has been pressed and is now completing malolactic fermentation in barrel.

We harvested the Tempranillo on the 7th March, 12 days later than last year… The yields were up in comparison to last year and the flavours are intense and complex. We are fermenting these grapes in open bins, and that means that we are constantly moving the bins in and out of the cellar depending on the temperature of the fermenting juice. The reason is that we want a slow fermentation, and the malolactic bacteria is also sensitive to temperature. If it is too cold the bacteria will die and if it is too hot the same will happen. For these types of fermentation one needs muscles!

The only remaining varieties to come in is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and we only expect to harvest the Cabernet Sauvignon during early April.

New releases at Mellasat

During February we bottled our 2021 Seraphic, 2019 White Pinotage, 2018 Tempranillo, 2016 and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and our non-vintage Revelation. We are waiting for labels for some of these wines and the 2016 and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon will rest for a while in our Cemetery of Forgotten Wines until it is ready for release.

Mellasat White Pinotage Brut MCC

We are also very excited to announce the release of our first MCC!!! Made from our White Pinotage and disgorged 2021, it is a complex and very fresh MCC - it tastes like White Pinotage with bubbles!!! Only 1000 bottles were produced, and we already had to allocate a quarter of that for a wedding!!

For more information on our current range of wines and the new vintages please contact us

Easter wine special

Easter is around the corner, so stock up and share your favourite Mellasat wine with family and friends. We have a selection of mixed cases, please email Elzaan and we will deliver any 12 bottles for free

A Taste of Mellasat White (x6) R699
1 x Viognier 2018 (91 points Viognier Challenge)
1 x White Pinotage 2019
1 x Chardonnay 2018
3 x Dekker’s Valley Seraphic 2021

A Taste of Mellasat Red (x6) R1025
1 x Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
1 x Tempranillo 2018
2 x Dekker’s Valley Shiraz 2018
2 x Dekker’s Valley Revelation NV (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Tempranillo)

A Taste of Mellasat Mixed case (x12) R1800
1 x Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
1 x Tempranillo 2018
1 x Viognier 2018
2 x White Pinotage 2019
1 x Chardonnay 2018
2 x Dekker’s Valley Seraphic 2021
1 x Dekker’s Valley Shiraz Rosé 2021
1 x Dekker’s Valley Shiraz 2018
2 x Dekker’s Valley Revelation N/V

We are open on Easter Weekend, Saturday from 09:30 - 17:30 and Sunday and Monday from 10:00 - 16:00. As it is Easter, why don’t you bring your family for an Easter picnic. Enjoy the outdoors and a delicious picnic in our garden.

A picnic basket for 2 is R449 and some of the scrumptious food includes Lentil Bobotie Tartlets, biltong cheesecake wraps, basil pesto pasta salad, Moroccan carrot salad, charcuterie selection, cheese selection with our home-made relish with crackers, marinated olives, and speckled Easter egg chocolate Squares. A bottle of our Dekker’s Valley Range (Seraphic, Rosé, Revelation or Shiraz) is also included.

Book now to avoid disappointment. No groups larger than 8 per group. Booking is essential.

For more information contact our tasting room at 021 862 4525 or email: tastingroom@mellasat.com

Pinotage & Biltong Festival, 23 and 24 April 2022

Get your purple and white outfits ready, round up some friends and don’t miss out on this year’s Pinotage and Biltong Festival at Perdeberg after a two-year absence.

The festival takes place on Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April from 11h00-16h00.

Mellasat Vineyards is once again taking part together with various other wineries. Different styles of Pinotage will be available for tasting and for sale ranging from the traditional red variants to Rosé’, bubblies, dessert wines and our very own White Pinotage. Each winery will have one wine paired with a Biltong flavour.

Food trucks, music, a kiddie’s play area and other stalls and eats make it a day to remember out in the Winelands.

For more information on the festival contact Bjorn at CVO Marketing bjorn@cvomarketing.co.za or visit www.cvomarketing.co.za

Don’t miss out on this year’s festival - the Mellasat team is looking forward to seeing you there!

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